Archive | November, 2010 now live!

9 Nov

Hello FooDiva followers – is now live so please bookmark this site to follow my culinary trail. Thanks!

FooDiva. x


Armani’s Amal

4 Nov

Dubai; Now you know FooDiva loves any excuse to take in Dubai’s magical fountains, so given I was heading to an event at Armani Prive (the hotel’s nightclub) last night, my guest and I thought we’d first try out their tapas and bubbles at the champagne bar. Well sadly not, the bar was closed for a private event…for Tom Cruise and crew perhaps? Having scaled Burj Khalifa yesterday am sure he deserved a bottle or two.

Now the hotel’s Indian restaurant, Amal, has been on FooDiva’s wish list for a little while, so we bagged ourselves a table on the third floor terrace overlooking the fountains. With less than an hour to spare, we went straight to mains and ordered prawns in a coconut curry sauce and dhal makhani, accompanied by steamed basmati rice and plain naan (and a couple of bellini proseccos). An amuse bouche of potato cake topped with minted yoghurt, together with mini rolled poppadoms dipped in mango chutney and mint sauce arrived almost immediately. You certainly can’t fault their service – prompt and exemplary. The two dishes were delicious…succulent prawns…we asked for mild and they certainly delivered. And the dhal was as buttery as it should be. We refused dessert and were presented with a teeny package of Indian sweets, truly lovely touch even though I really don’t have much of a sweet tooth for all things Indian. With the fountains dancing away to Bocelli, I would certainly return to eat my way further through their menu.

A bientôt. FooDiva. x

Mireille’s monkfish à la FooDiva

3 Nov

Dubai; It’s about time FooDiva shared an odd recipe or two with you, don’t you agree? I am a huge fan of Mireille Giuliano, author of a number of recipe and lifestyle books including her bestseller ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’, which had me so hooked I read her four books back to back. It may have something to do with the fact that she was the former president and CEO of Cliquot (LVMH), yes the famous Veuve bubbles amongst lots of others. Anyhow I am digressing, Mireille’s mantra is all about portion control, and the only way my figure can keep up with this blog. Here is one of my favourite Mireille recipes, slightly adapted by FooDiva. 

Monkfish with Tomatoes and Capers (Serves 4)


Mireille's monkfish à la FooDiva

Mireille's monkfish à la FooDiva

¼ cup olive oil plus additional for garnish
A dozen vine ripe tomatoes – if not in season such as now, then I realise it’s not ideal but best to use 2 cans of diced tomatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2 tablespoons capers in vinegar, drained
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 (175gr) monkfish fillets (it’s also delicious with halibut, you can even try cod or hammour)
4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves cut into thin strips

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.

2. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the tomatoes and capers. Season to taste and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Place half of the tomato-caper mixture in a baking dish, add the fish, and cover with the remaining tomato-caper mixture. Bake until the fish is cooked through, 15-20 minutes.

4. To serve, place 1 fillet on each plate and spoon the sauce over. Garnish with basil and a drizzle of olive oil.

It literally takes no more than 30 minutes to prepare and cook – so go ahead and try it tonight! A glass of Veuve won’t go amiss either.

Bon appétit. I’ll be back with a few more of her recipes soon.

FooDiva. x

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